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3 Trends in Chinese Manufacturing You Should Know About

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It’s no secret that China is one of the most important manufacturing capitals of the world. Forbes reported in June 2018 that “China/Hong Kong account for 291 of the world's 2,000 largest companies, up from 262 in 2017,” and the country’s emphatic prioritization of its manufacturing output shows no signs of waning.If you’re one of the many companies that outsource their manufacturing needs to China, then you’re going to want to know what kinds of trends and developments might be on the horizon. Here are just a few of the newest and most important trends in Chinese manufacturing that you should familiarize yourself with.

1) Factory Automation

Even though robotic automation in factories remains somewhat of a hot topic, it’s begun to rapidly take hold in China. In a 2018 article on CNBC, Jing Bing Zhang—the research director of the market intelligence and consulting firm IDC—is quoted saying that “The focus now is to encourage innovation, encourage development of automation and robotics technologies. And also encourage manufacturing companies to adopt robotics in the production line.”

The reasoning behind this trend covers a few points but ultimately comes down to improving workplace safety and efficiency in order to keep up with the country’s ever-increasing production output. Automation also introduces another opportunity for lower prices, which could help boost the Chinese manufacturing business even further by incentivizing more companies to bring their production needs to China.

2) Continued Emphasis on Quality Control

Back in 2015, the Chinese government introduced the “Made in China 2025” plan, which was, and still is, intended to further promote the country’s manufacturing industry. While this plan outlined a number of objectives that are all designed to help China maintain its manufacturing leadership, one of the key pillars involve “ improving manufacturing techniques, quality management and brand nurturing.”  

While many e-commerce entrepreneurs have embraced the importance of the quality control and inspection process, the “Made in China 2025” plan will continue to implement new standards and expectations for the quality control process that will help improve the overall quality of products manufactured in China.

As a result, it’s likely that e-commerce stores and other companies who outsource their manufacturing to China will be able to spend less money on quality control, and hypothetically, be able to sell more consistently high-quality products than ever before.  

3) Better Accessibility

Finding the right Chinese manufacturer can be tricky, especially when most of the manufacturing industry in China was relegated to the major corporations that had the kind of budgets and bandwidth needed to satisfy large product orders. These days, however, the situation has changed and continues to change so smaller companies can outsource their manufacturing needs to smaller factories for less money.

This movement towards broader manufacturer accessibility and variety is expected to continue into the future, as there are a rising number of manufacturers joining the industry who can produce smaller orders for an even larger array of products. This is good news for you, then, as you have more opportunities than ever to find a manufacturing partner who is uniquely qualified to meet your needs and make importing from China a breeze.

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